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PostPosted: July 16th, 2018, 3:27 pm 
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Location: Red Lake, Ontario Canada
ATTENTION: Woodland Caribou Provincial Park (WCPP) users and stakeholders: JULY 20 UPDATE

WCPP and Ontario is under significant fire load. WCPP is experiencing significant smoke activity, which will create poor air quality and reduced visibility. Due to the danger posed by numerous wildfires, canoe routes have been CLOSED. Closed routes are subject to change as threat increases or diminishes. You may obtain a route closure map by contacting the WCPP office at (807) 727-1329.

Additionally, the following Lakes have been CLOSED to backcountry paddlers:
1. Larus Lake
2. Sabourin Lake
3. Barclay Lake
4. Musclow Lake
5. Marys Lake
6. Gammon Lake
7. Royd Lake
8. Donald Lake
9. Hammerhead
10. Dowsell
11. Rostoul
12. Hansen
13. Wanda
14. Thicketwood
15. Murdock
16. Irvine
17. Simeon
18. Dustan
19. Lightning
20. Talon
21. Bilko
22. Silvia
23. Landing Crane
24. Blueberry
25. Sydney
26. Rowdy

Ontario Parks will be monitoring these areas

Artery remains open until further notice. A large fire 9000 hectare fire not under control on the Bloodvein River in Manitoba exists – please ensure you are aware of this and the potential danger it may pose. Currently the Bloodvein River is not closed in Manitoba. This is subject to change. See link for more info - http://www.gov.mb.ca/sd/fire/Fire-Maps/fireview/fireview.html

If you have an Outpost Camp on one of the lakes listed above, Ontario Parks considers these to be at HIGH RISK to public safety and accessing these locations is not recommended.

Outposts / camp owners on these lakes are NOT restricted at this time – but evacuations are the responsibility of the user; Ontario Parks and Aviation Forest Fire Emergency Services (AFFES) will NOT assume responsibility for the user.

Additional Information:
• Fixed wing access during a forest fire evacuation may be difficult due to fire / smoke activity.
• Evacuation may be a result of an immediate threat and require immediate response.
• At this time, we are NOT applying any restrictions to Aircraft Landing Authorities on lakes. We are recommending “self-compliance”.
• Transport Canada NOTAMs always apply as they relate to forest fires

Canoeists:
Please ensure your safety. BE PREPARED. Fire activity and potential for new fire starts is high, the forest fire threat is real.
• stay off the CLOSED routes.
• have a means of communication
• keep situational awareness at all times and be aware of the potential for new fire starts and be prepared to end your trip early if fire threatens your safety.
• ensure someone knows the route you are taking
• SPOT – SOS is not an exit strategy, that is a last resort.

Fires of note for WCPP (sizes are as of 1700 CDT July 19th) - https://www.ontario.ca/page/forest-fires
DISCLAIMER - DO NOT RELY ON THESE FIRE SIZES as they may not represent accurate field conditions as they change regularly due to fire growth
1. Red 093 – UCO 4 ha – south Sabourin
2. Red 086 – 150 ha – south Sabourin
3. Red 081 – 4200 ha – south of Barclay (multiple fire joined)
4. Red 088 – 0.1 ha
5. Red 076 – 8834 ha
6. Red 097 – 3984 ha
7. Red 096 – 1117 ha
8. Red 103 – 626 ha
9. Red 114 – 0.1ha – maybe actioned by AFFES
10. Ken 075 – OUT
11. Red 101 – Being held
12. Red 100 – Being held
13. Ken 077 – NUC
14. Red 079 – 40 ha – personnel on fire – Not under control
15. Ken 071 – 9173 ha – smoke concerns for WCPP
16. new fire in the big shell area - to be assessed by asses
17. Red 070 - NUC - 4062 ha - north of WCPP
18. Red 116 - new fires north of WCPP - east of Red 070
19. Red 117 - new fire north of WCPP - east of Red 070
20. Red118 – NEW - South of Bigshell Lake – 0.1 ha

There have been some evacuations and value protection on threatened values.
At this point, fire intelligence has indicated – 0 values lost. Fire behaviour today was intensity class 2 -3 (ground fire) with some tree torching due to recent minimal rain, expectation for fire behaviour to increase tomorrow.

Questions or concerns please contact:
Kent Fraser
A/ Park Superintendent
Woodland Caribou Provincial Park
kent.fraser@ontario.ca


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PostPosted: July 18th, 2018, 6:15 pm 
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IMPORTANT ROUTE CLOSURES:
The following lakes are closed for back country permit holders until further notice due to a significant risk from nearby forest fires.
· Larus Lake
· Sabourin Lake
· Barclay Lake
· Musclow Lake
· Marys Lake
· Gammon Lake
· Royd Lake
· Donald Lake
· Hammerhead Lake

This closure will remain in effect until the fire situation diminishes and the threat diminishes.


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PostPosted: July 21st, 2018, 11:42 pm 
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IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL CLOSURE

ATTENTION: Woodland Caribou Provincial Park (WCPP) users and stakeholders

As previously communicated, WCPP and Ontario is under significant fire load. WCPP is experiencing significant smoke activity, which will create poor air quality and reduced visibility.

NEW ****** ARTERY LAKE NOW CLOSED due to potential threat of Manitoba fire along the Bloodvein River. The Bloodvein River is CLOSED in Manitoba.

Due to the danger posed by numerous wildfires, some canoe routes have been CLOSED. Closed routes are subject to change as threat increases or diminishes. A route closure map may be obtained by contacting the Ontario Parks office at (807) 727-1329.

Additionally, the following Lakes have been CLOSED to backcountry paddlers:
1. Larus Lake
2. Sabourin Lake
3. Barclay Lake
4. Musclow Lake
5. Marys Lake
6. Gammon Lake
7. Royd Lake
8. Donald Lake
9. Hammerhead Lake
10. Dowswell Lake
11. Rostoul Lake
12. Hansen Lake
13. Wanda Lake
14. Thicketwood Lake
15. Murdock Lake
16. Irvine Lake
17. Simeon Lake
18. Dunstan Lake
19. Lightning Lake
20. Talon Lake
21. Bilko Lake
22. Silvia Lake
23. Landing Crane Lake
24. Blueberry Lake
25. Sydney Lake
26. Rowdy Lake
27. Artery Lake ****NEW

Ontario Parks will be monitoring these areas.

If you have an Outpost Camp on one of the lakes listed above, Ontario Parks considers these to be at HIGH RISK and accessing these locations is not recommended. Outposts / camp owners on these lakes are NOT restricted at this time – but evacuations are the responsibility of the user; Ontario Parks and Aviation Forest Fire Emergency Services (AFFES) will NOT assume responsibility for the user.

General summary of fire situation:
Fire behaviour increasing as fuels dry out after the minimal rainfall received on July 19/2018.
Winds for July 22 will be a southerly flow, making fires/smoke move in a northerly direction.
Ignition operations occurred on Red 096 in an attempt to hold the fire to an eastern boundary.
Values near fires are being monitored and value protection is utilized as required.
No values lost to date due to hard work of the Fire Rangers
Maps/fire sizes continue to be updated as possible.
Manitoba fire forecasted to cross into Ontario beginning of the week

Additional Information:
• Fixed wing access during a forest fire evacuation may be difficult due to fire / smoke activity.
• Evacuation may be a result of an immediate threat and require immediate response.
• At this time, we are NOT applying any restrictions to Aircraft Landing Authorities on lakes. We
are recommending “self-compliance”.
• Transport Canada NOTAMs always apply as they relate to forest fires

Canoeists:
Please ensure your safety. BE PREPARED. Fire activity and potential for new fire starts is high, the forest fire threat is real.
• stay off the CLOSED routes.
• have a means of communication
• keep situational awareness at all times and be aware of the potential for new fire starts - be
prepared to end your trip early if fire threatens your safety.
• ensure someone knows the route you are taking
• SPOT – SOS is not an exit strategy, that is a last resort.

For the most current sizes and fire locations please visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/forest-fires
***Disclaimer - sizes associated with this map do not reflect current real-time situations

Questions or concerns please notify me – email is preferred.

Kent Fraser
A/ Park Superintendent
Woodland Caribou Provincial Park
227 Howey Street, PO box 5003, Red Lake ON, P0V 2M0
P: 807-727-2835 C: 807-728-2965 W: OntarioParks.com
Kent.fraser@ontario.ca


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PostPosted: July 22nd, 2018, 10:51 pm 
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ATTENTION: Woodland Caribou Provincial Park (WCPP) users and stakeholders

IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL CLOSURES

WCPP and Ontario is under significant fire load. WCPP is experiencing significant smoke activity, which will create poor air quality and reduced visibility.

Due to the danger posed by numerous wildfires, some canoe routes have been CLOSED. Closed routes are subject to change as threat increases or diminishes. A map showing route closures can be obtained by contacting the Ontario Parks office in Red Lake at (807) 727-1329.

NEW ****** FORD & CRAVEN LAKEs ARE NOW CLOSED due to potential threat of Manitoba fire along Bloodvein. BLOODVEIN River in Manitoba now CLOSED.

The route closure include the following CLOSED lakes to backcountry paddlers:
1. Larus Lake
2. Sabourin Lake
3. Barclay Lake
4. Musclow Lake
5. Marys Lake
6. Gammon Lake
7. Royd Lake
8. Donald Lake
9. Hammerhead
10. Dowsell
11. Rostoul
12. Hansen
13. Wanda
14. Thicketwood
15. Murdock
16. Irvine
17. Simeon
18. Dustan
19. Lightning
20. Talon
21. Bilko
22. Silvia
23. Landing Crane
24. Blueberry
25. Sydney
26. Rowdy
27. Artery (CLOSED JULY 21/2018)
28. FORD (CLOSED EFFECTIVELY IMMEDIATELY)
29. CRAVEN (CLOSED EFFECTIVELY IMMEDIATELY)

Ontario Parks will be monitoring these areas.

If you have an Outpost Camp on one of the lakes listed above, Ontario Parks considers these to be at HIGH RISK and accessing these locations is not recommended. Outposts / camp owners on these lakes are NOT restricted at this time – but evacuations are the responsibility of the user;
Ontario Parks and Aviation Forest Fire Emergency Services (AFFES) will NOT assume responsibility for the user.

General summary of fire situation:
Fire behaviour increasing as fuels dry out after the minimal rainfall received on July 19/2018. Cloud cover and higher humidity's kept fire behaviour in check despite the winds. Thunderstorms are forecasted to arrive overnight with minimal rain.
Fires are continually assessed and monitored. Value protection in place on structures assumed at risk. Forecast for winds is to be a westerly flow which may cause smoke issues for Red Lake. New fire today - Red 017 @ 0.1 ha

Additional Information:
• Fixed wing access during a forest fire evacuation may be difficult due to fire / smoke activity.
• Evacuation may be a result of an immediate threat and require immediate response.
• At this time, we are NOT applying any restrictions to Aircraft Landing Authorities on lakes. We
are recommending “self-compliance”.
• Transport Canada NOTAMs always apply as they relate to forest fires

Canoeists:
Please ensure your safety. BE PREPARED. Fire activity and potential for new fire starts is high, the forest fire threat is real.
• stay off the CLOSED routes.
• have a means of communication
• keep situational awareness at all times and be aware of the potential for new fire starts and be
prepared to end your trip early if fire threatens your safety.
• ensure someone knows the route you are taking
• SPOT – SOS is not an exit strategy, that is a last resort.

For the most current sizes and fire locations please visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/forest-fires
Disclaimer - sizes associated with this map do not reflect current real-time situations.

Questions or concerns please notify me – email is preferred.

Kent Fraser
A/ Park Superintendent
Woodland Caribou Provincial Park
227 Howey Street, PO box 5003, Red Lake ON, P0V 2M0
P: 807-727-2835 C: 807-728-2965 W: OntarioParks.com
Kent.fraser@ontario.ca


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PostPosted: July 24th, 2018, 6:55 am 
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July 23, 2018

ATTENTION: Woodland Caribou Provincial Park (WCPP) users and stakeholders

NO ADDITIONAL CLOSURES

Due to the danger posed by numerous wildfires, canoe routes have been CLOSED. Closed routes are subject to change as threat increases or diminishes. A route closure map may be obtained by contacting the Ontario Parsk office in Red Lake at (807) 727-1388.

One Outpost Camp to be evacuated morning of July 24/2018 due to fire risk

Outposts camp owners and their guests are NOT restricted at this time. However, Ontario Parks considers the areas within the route closures to be at HIGH RISK and accessing these locations is not recommended. Evacuations are the responsibility of the user; Ontario Parks and Aviation Forest Fire Emergency Services (AFFES) will NOT assume responsibility for the user.

GENERAL SUMMARY OF FIRE SITUATION
Fire behaviour increasing
Red 097 is currently 1.5km to the west of Murdock Lake
Red 096 fire has moved 2/3 along the southern shore of Gammon Lake.
Red 086 Ignition line continues to hold and eastern spread has not occurred as of yet.
Red 081 - minimal behaviour
Red 076 - minimal behaviour
Red 103 - minimal behaviour
Red 108 - minimal behaviour
Manitoba fire is 7km from entering into Ontario
3 new fires in the Red Lake district
** closed canoe routes were flown today

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Additional Information:
• Fixed wing access during a forest fire evacuation may be difficult due to fire / smoke activity.
• Evacuation may be a result of an immediate threat and require immediate response.
• At this time, we are NOT applying any restrictions to Aircraft Landing Authorities on lakes. We are recommending “self-compliance”.
• Transport Canada NOTAMs always apply as they relate to forest fires

Canoeists:
Please ensure your safety. BE PREPARED. Fire activity and potential for new fire starts is high, the forest fire threat is real.
• stay off the CLOSED routes.
• have a means of communication
• keep situational awareness at all times and be aware of the potential for new fire starts and be prepared to end your trip early if fire threatens your safety.
• ensure someone knows the route you are taking
• SPOT – SOS is not an exit strategy, that is a last resort.

For the most current sizes and fire locations please visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/forest-fires ***Disclaimer - sizes associated with this map do not reflect current realtime situations

Smoke Forecast
http://firesmoke.ca/

Questions or concerns please notify me – email is preferred.

Kent Fraser | Acting Park Superintendent Woodland Caribou Provincial Park
227 Howey Street, PO box 5003, Red Lake ON, P0V 2M0
P: 807-727-2835 C: 807-728-2965 W: OntarioParks.com
Kent.fraser@ontario.ca


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PostPosted: July 25th, 2018, 6:40 am 
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ATTENTION: Woodland Caribou Provincial Park (WCPP) users and stakeholders
NO ADDITIONAL CLOSURES

As previously communicated, WCPP and Ontario is under significant fire load. WCPP is experiencing significant smoke activity, which will create poor air quality and reduced visibility. WCPP did receive precipitation today. Total rainfall amounts are unknown at this time and will be calculated in the morning of July 26/2018.

Until fires can be assessed and fire growth predictions based on fuel conditions and forecasted weather are completed by Aviation Forest Fire Emergency Services (AFFES) routes will remain CLOSED to ensure public safety.

The following lakes have been CLOSED to backcountry paddlers:
1. Larus Lake
2. Sabourin Lake
3. Barclay Lake
4. Musclow Lake
5. Marys Lake
6. Gammon Lake
7. Royd Lake
8. Donald Lake
9. Hammerhead
10. Dowsell
11. Rostoul
12. Hansen
13. Wanda
14. Thicketwood
15. Murdock
16. Irvine
17. Simeon
18. Dustan
19. Lightning
20. Talon
21. Bilko
22. Silvia
23. Landing Crane
24. Blueberry
25. Sydney
26. Rowdy
27. Craven
28. Ford
29. Artery
30. Bloodvein (Manitoba - see attachment for the Director of Parks)

Ontario Parks will be monitoring these areas.


Outpost Camp Owners and Guests:
If you have an Outpost Camp on one of the lakes listed above, Ontario Parks considers these to be at HIGH RISK and accessing these locations is not recommended. Access is not restricted at this time – but evacuations are the responsibility of the user; Ontario Parks and Aviation Forest Fire Emergency Services (AFFES) will NOT assume responsibility for the user.

General summary of fire situation:
Due to weather and visibility, aircraft were limited to flying time.
Red 077 action on the fire is being conducted to limit any further spread
Manitoba fire on the Gammon and Bloodvein is 7km from entering into Ontario. Manitoba fire is currently conducting operations on the fire to minimize spread.

0 new fires in the Red Lake district
Red 118 and Red 130 are OUT
Attachment – fire map, not updated


Additional Information:
• Fixed wing access during a forest fire evacuation may be difficult due to fire / smoke activity.
• Evacuation may be a result of an immediate threat and require immediate response.
• At this time, we are NOT applying any restrictions to Aircraft Landing Authorities on
lakes. We are recommending “self-compliance”.
• Transport Canada NOTAMs always apply as they relate to forest fires

Canoeists:
Please ensure your safety. BE PREPARED. Fire activity and potential for new fire starts is high, the forest fire threat is real.
• stay off the CLOSED routes.
• have a means of communication
• keep situational awareness at all times and be aware of the potential for new fire
starts and be prepared to end your trip early if fire threatens your safety.
• ensure someone knows the route you are taking
• SPOT – SOS is not an exit strategy, that is a last resort.

For the most current sizes and fire locations please visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/forest-fires ***Disclaimer - sizes associated with this map do not reflect current realtime situations Manitoba fire map - http://www.gov.mb.ca/sd/fire/Fire-Maps/ ... eview.html

Smoke Forecast
http://firesmoke.ca/

Questions or concerns please notify me – email is preferred.

Kent Fraser | Acting Park Superintendent
Woodland Caribou Provincial Park
227 Howey Street, PO box 5003, Red Lake ON, P0V 2M0
P: 807-727-2835 C: 807-728-2965 W: OntarioParks.com
Kent.fraser@ontario.ca


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PostPosted: July 26th, 2018, 9:06 am 
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Geez. We got out of there just in time. The weather was tough (wind, t-storms, lightening) the last days of our trip. We had a lightening strike somewhere close on our 2nd to last night. The whole tent lit up and and the crack was ear-splitting. OUr Nemo Losi kept us dry and withstood very high winds several afternoons. We went the last few days without putting up a tarp due to ferocious winds from the south. When we were picked up, we learned the last storm started 18 forest fires. The park superintendent later said 27 fires had actually been logged. Too bad for outfitters who worked to get clients booked and then must scramble to move routes and endure cancellations. Luckily, we got to see some beautiful country just before it burned. Hopefully, caribou will flourish in that area. We saw two, including a nice bull on Royd Lake.


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PostPosted: July 26th, 2018, 2:05 pm 
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" Hopefully, caribou will flourish in that area. We saw two, including a nice bull on Royd Lake."

Did you know that park staff has been collecting caribou, black bear, wolverine, snapping turtle, night hawk and whipperwhill sightings/detection from park visitors for a number of years now? This information is so valuable for wildlife (species at risk or of concern) management and monitoring program. This is one of the number of ways that large wilderness parks such as WCPP contribute to research and provincial monitoring programs. If you haven't done so already, would it be possible for you to send us details of your caribou sightings? We collect the following info:

1- animal species
2- # and sex if known
3- location by lake name and general area of the lake
4- date
5 - time of day - morning, midday, evening
6- animal behavior or activity at time of sighting.

This would be tremendous. Thanks in advance. Glad to hear that the trip went on uninterrupted by the fires although it sounds like you had quite the weather. We are all hoping for calm seas from this point forward this season.


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PostPosted: July 26th, 2018, 4:58 pm 
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Claire, you know darned well I reported all that stuff to you and bought a hat to boot!


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PostPosted: July 26th, 2018, 5:48 pm 
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Yes indeed you did. Thanks. I should have posted this in a different thread as it was intended to address all viewers. I wanted to take the opportunity to inform and invite folks to participate in the monitoring program. Many park visitors report their observations to the park office every season and it is much appreciated. Thanks again BeaverJack… as you were one of them who took time to drop in and report your sightings.


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PostPosted: July 27th, 2018, 6:19 am 
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ATTENTION: Woodland Caribou Provincial Park (WCPP) users and stakeholders:

WCPP receive good precipitation July 26/2018.
Total rainfall amounts were enough to minimize growth for 2-5 days
Fires were assessed today and it was determined to allow another day of drying to ensure proper decisions are made to ensure public safety.

Route closures remain in effect.

General summary of fire situation:
• A good drying day today.
• WCPP fires were showing minimal behaviour due to recent rainfall.
• Value protection on some values were being removed.
• Outposts / camps whose values were removed have been notified
• 1 new fire in the Red Lake district

Canoeists:
• Please ensure your safety. BE PREPARED. Fire activity and potential for new fire starts is high, the forest fire threat is real.
• stay off the CLOSED routes.
• have a means of communication
• keep situational awareness at all times and be aware of the potential for new fire starts and be prepared to end your trip early if fire threatens your safety.
• ensure someone knows the route you are taking
• SPOT – SOS is not an exit strategy, that is a last resort.

Reference:
For the most current sizes and fire locations please visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/forest-fires
Disclaimer - sizes associated with this map do not reflect current realtime situations

Manitoba fire map - http://www.gov.mb.ca/sd/fire/Fire-Maps/ ... eview.html

Smoke Forecast
http://firesmoke.ca/

Questions or concerns please notify me – email is preferred.

Kent Fraser | Acting Park Superintendent
Woodland Caribou Provincial Park
227 Howey Street, PO box 5003, Red Lake ON, P0V 2M0
P: 807-727-2835 C: 807-728-2965 W: OntarioParks.com
Kent.fraser@ontario.ca


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PostPosted: July 28th, 2018, 9:39 am 
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July 27, 2018

Closures will remain in effect over the weekend. There are a few canoe routes to possibly re-open on Monday. Fire personnel do not want to commit until they see what fire behaviour is observed over the weekend. They will be monitoring closely and advise.

• Park has received rain again today.
• 0 mm at the south end
• 6 mm at north
• Some more lightning as well but the park is not as receptive to hot starts due to the recent moisture received

Reference:
For the most current sizes and fire locations please visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/forest-fires
Disclaimer - sizes associated with this map do not reflect current realtime situations

Manitoba fire map - http://www.gov.mb.ca/sd/fire/Fire-Maps/ ... eview.html


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PostPosted: July 30th, 2018, 10:29 pm 
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July 30th, 2018

ATTENTION: Woodland Caribou Provincial Park (WCPP) users and stakeholders
CANOE ROTUE CLOSURES REMAIN IN EFFECT

WCPP and Ontario remains under a significant fire load. WCPP may be experiencing significant smoke activity, which creates poor air quality and reduced visibility. Closures will remain in effect until it is determined that risk is minimized to human safety. Rain has been received in the area, but it has been minimal and recovery will be fast given current weather conditions.

The following lakes have been CLOSED to backcountry paddlers:
1. Larus
2. Sabourin
3. Barclay
4. Musclow
5. Marys
6. Gammon
7. Royd
8. Donald
9. Hammerhead
10. Dowswell
11. Rostoul
12. Hansen
13. Wanda
14. Thicketwood
15. Murdock
16. Irvine
17. Simeon
18. Dunstan
19. Lightning
20. Talon
21. Bilko
22. Silvia
23. Landing Crane
24. Blueberry
25. Sydney
26. Rowdy
27. Craven
28. Ford
29. Artery
30. Bloodvein River (Ontario & Manitoba segements)

Ontario Parks will be monitoring these areas.

Camp Owners and Guests:
If you have an Outpost Camp on one of the lakes listed above, Ontario Parks considers these to be at HIGH RISK and accessing these locations is not recommended

Outposts / camp owners on these lakes are NOT restricted at this time – but evacuations are the responsibility of the user; Ontario Parks and Aviation Forest Fire Emergency Services (AFFES) will NOT assume responsibility for the user.

General summary of fire situation:
Fire behaviour increasing
Lightning event passed through the district as well as WCPP yesterday - July 30/2018
WCPP received minimal rain - 3-5 day forecast is indicating minimal rain
1 new fire in the WCPP
Conditions were smoky in the park
Red 097 - eastern side near Murdock active, may join with Red 096
Red 086 - behaviour increasing
Red 096 - quiet on south end, behaviour increasing on north end, may join with Red 097
Red 103 - minimal growth
Red 108 - minimal growth
Red 076 - minimal growth
Red 081 - minimal growth
Red 148 - fire being held by crews
Red 155 - new fire - pending resources, action unknown at this time
Red 077 - crews continue to consolidate lines
Manitoba fire - 31000 ha - continues to be responded to.
Value protection on key values remain intact and utilized when required.
6 new fires in the Red Lake district today

NOTE: Firefighting crews continue to professionally work extremely hard at extinguishing existing and new fires. Thank you for your continued efforts and dedication.

Canoeists:
Please ensure your safety. BE PREPARED. Fire activity and potential for new fire starts is high, the forest fire threat is real.
• stay off the CLOSED routes.
• have a means of communication
• keep situational awareness at all times and be aware of the potential for new fire starts and be prepared to end your trip early if fire threatens your safety.
• ensure someone knows the route you are taking
• SPOT – SOS is not an exit strategy, that is a last resort.

For the most current sizes and fire locations please visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/forest-fires . Disclaimer - sizes associated with this map do not reflect current real time situations
Manitoba fire map - http://www.gov.mb.ca/sd/fire/Fire-Maps/ ... eview.html

Smoke Forecast
http://firesmoke.ca/forecasts/

Kent Fraser
Acting Park Superintendent,
Woodland Caribou Provincial Park
807-727-2835 – cell 807-728-2965
kent.fraser@ontario.ca


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PostPosted: August 1st, 2018, 5:38 pm 
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ATTENTION: Woodland Caribou Provincial Park (WCPP) users and stakeholders:

IMPORTANT NOTICES
As previously communicated, WCPP and Ontario is under significant fire load. WCPP is experiencing smoke activity which is associated with active fires in the area.
• The smoke generated by the fires is dependent on the direction of wind relative to the fire.
• For more information regarding wildfire smoke and air quality visit -
https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-cl ... smoke.html

Opening of lakes is associated with REDUCED risk - risk has NOT been eliminated.
• Fires are active and have not been declared OUT.
• Fires are being monitored daily and conditions may change related to weather and fuel types.
• New starts are always a possibility during fire season.
• Opened lakes are subject to change as conditons may change.

The following lakes have been OPENED to backcountry paddlers:
Larus
Sabourin
Barclay
Musclow
Mary’s
Craven
Ford
Artery
Thicketwood

The following lakes are CLOSED to backcountry paddlers
Gammon
Royd
Donald
Hammerhead
Dowswell
Rostoul
Hansen
Wanda
Murdock
Irvine
Simeon
Dunstan
Lightning
Talon
Bilko
Silvia
Landing Crane
Blueberry
Sydney
Rowdy
Bloodvein in Manitoba remains closed

Closures will remain in effect until it is determined risk is minimized to human safety.
Ontario Parks will be monitoring these areas.
GENERAL SUMMARY OF FIRE SITUATION:
Fire behaviour decreased due to recent precipitation
Lightning event passed through the district as well as WCPP yesterday - July 30/2018
0 new fire in the WCPP
Red 097 - eastern side near Murdock active, may join with Red 096 (most active fire)
Red 086 – minimal growth
Red 096 - quiet on south end, behaviour increasing on north end, may join with Red 097
Red 103 - minimal growth
Red 108 - minimal growth
Red 076 - minimal growth
Red 081 - minimal growth
Red 148 - fire under control by crews
Red 155 – OUT
Red 077 - crews continue to consolidate lines
Manitoba fire - 31000 ha - continues to be responded to.
Value protection on key values remain intact and utilized when required.
0 new fires in the Red Lake district

Firefighting crews continue to professionally work extremely hard at extinguishing existing and new fires. Thank you for your continued efforts and dedication.

==================================================================

OUTPOST CAMP OWNERS AND GUESTS:
If you have an Outpost Camp on one of the closed lakes listed above, Ontario Parks considers these to be at HIGH RISK and accessing these locations is not recommended. If you have an Outpost Camp on one of the recently OPENED lake ensure to maintain situational awareness. Access is NOT restricted at this time but evacuations are the responsibility of the user; Ontario Parks and Aviation Forest Fire Emergency Services (AFFES) will NOT assume responsibility for the user.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
• Fixed wing access during a forest fire evacuation may be difficult due to fire / smoke
activity.
• Evacuation may be a result of an immediate threat and require immediate response.
• At this time, we are NOT applying any restrictions to Aircraft Landing Authorities on lakes. We are recommending “self-compliance”.
• Transport Canada NOTAMs always apply as they relate to forest fires

CANOEISTS:
Paddling through a recent burnt area can be a very unique experience as new boreal forest growth emerges. Please ensure your safety. BE PREPARED. Fire activity and potential for new fire starts exists, the forest fire threat is real.

To ensure a safe and successful trip if accessing recently opened routes
• Stay off the CLOSED routes.
• Keep situational awareness at all times and be aware of the potential for new fire starts and be prepared to end your trip early if fire threatens your safety.
• SPOT – SOS is not an exit strategy, that is a last resort.
• Know where you are on a map so you understand your relationship towards the fires
• Communication is highly recommended to ensure contact if required (InReach device, satellite phone, SPOT unit etc)
• Situational awareness – watch the weather/winds/clouds/smoke direction
• Do not explore towards an active fire to “get a closer look”
• Ensure someone knows your route – WCPP office can be your contact if required.
• Fires have the potential to move very fast
• Select a safe campsite – use the lake as a natural boundary between you and the fire.
• If camping in the burn - check trees as the roots maybe compromised posing a safety hazard.

For the most current sizes and fire locations please Visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/forest-fires. Disclaimer - sizes associated with this map do not reflect current realtime situations

Manitoba fire map - http://www.gov.mb.ca/sd/fire/Fire-Maps/ ... eview.html

Smoke Forecast
http://firesmoke.ca/forecasts/

Kent Fraser | Acting Park Superintendent
Woodland Caribou Provincial Park
227 Howey Street, PO box 5003, Red Lake ON, P0V 2M0
P: 807-727-2835 C: 807-728-2965 W: OntarioParks.com
Kent.fraser@ontario.ca


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PostPosted: August 7th, 2018, 10:32 pm 
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August 7, 2018

FIRE UPDATE – ADDITIONAL OPENING OF ROUTES occurred today for WCPP

Bloodvein restrictions has been rescinded in Manitoba - http://www.gov.mb.ca/sd/parks/fire_restriction.html
Ontario remains under significant fire load. WCPP has over 22000 ha of fire on the landscape which is being monitored and not supressed. Currently, WCPP is experiencing minimal smoke activity which is associated with active fires in the area. The smoke generated by the fires is dependent on the direction of wind relative to the fire. For more information regarding wildfire smoke and air quality visit https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-cl ... smoke.html

The opening of lakes is based on the CURRENT fire situation and where it has been determined there is a REDUCED RISK.
 Large fires are active and have not been declared OUT within WCPP.
 Fires are being monitored daily and conditions may change related to weather and fuel types.
 New starts are always a possibility during fire season.
 Paddling on closed routes is in violation of O.Reg 347/07, Sec 8(1)(2) pursuant to Provincial Park Conservation and Reserves Act (PPCRA) https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/ ... ch=45%2F14
 Closures will remain in effect until it is determined that the risk to human safety has been minimized.
 Opened lakes are subject change as conditions may change.

The following lakes have been ReOPENED to backcountry paddlers:
Larus
Sabourin
Barclay
Musclow
Mary’s
Craven
Ford
Artery
Thicketwood
Simeon
Dunstan
Wanda
Rostoul
Hansen
Talon

The following lakes remain CLOSED to backcountry paddlers:
Gammon
Royd
Donald
Hammerhead
Dowswell
Murdock
Irvine
Lightning
Bilko
Sylvia
Landing Crane
Blueberry
Sydney
Rowdy
Bloodvein in Manitoba is OPENED

General summary of fire situation:
 Recent rain has been received in WCPP
 Weather forecasts are forecasting another drying trend
 0 new fire in the WCPP
 1 new fire in the Red Lake district
 Red 096 – called out as it has merged.
 Red 097 – minimal growth, few smokes visible, though good fuels for potential growth
 Red 086 – minimal growth
 Red 103 - minimal growth
 Red 108 - minimal growth
 Red 076 - minimal growth
 Red 081 - minimal growth
 Red 077 – Being held
 Manitoba fire - 31000 ha - continues to be responded to – spread towards Ontario border has been minimal.
 Value protection on key values remain intact and utilized when required.

Firefighting crews continue to professionally work extremely hard at extinguishing existing and new fires.
Thank you for your continued efforts and dedication.

Outpost Camp Owners and Guests:
If you have an Outpost Camp on one of the closed lakes listed above, Ontario Parks considers these to be at HIGH RISK and accessing these locations is not recommended. If you have an Outpost Camp on one of the recently OPENED lakes ensure to maintain situational awareness. Your access to any lake is NOT restricted at this time but evacuations are the responsibility of the user; Ontario Parks and Aviation Forest Fire Emergency Services (AFFES) will NOT assume responsibility for the user.
Additional Information:
 Fixed wing access during a forest fire evacuation may be difficult due to fire / smoke activity.
 Evacuation may be a result of an immediate threat and require immediate response.
 At this time, we are NOT applying any restrictions to Aircraft Landing Authorities on lakes. We are recommending “self-compliance”.
Transport Canada NOTAMs always apply as they relate to forest fires

Canoeists:
Paddling through a recent burnt area can be a very unique experience as new boreal forest growth emerges. Please ensure your safety. BE PREPARED. Fire activity and potential for new fire starts exists, the forest fire threat is real.

To ensure a safe and successful trip if accessing recently opened routes
 Stay off the CLOSED routes.
 Keep situational awareness at all times and be aware of the potential for new fire starts and be prepared to end your trip early if fire threatens your safety.
 SPOT – SOS is not an exit strategy, that is a last resort.
 Know where you are on a map so you understand your relationship towards the fires
 Communication is highly recommended to ensure contact if required (InReach device, satellite phone, SPOT unit etc)
 Situational awareness – watch the weather/winds/clouds/smoke direction
 Do not explore towards an active fire to “get a closer look”
 Ensure someone knows your route – WCPP office can be your contact if required.
 Fires have the potential to move very fast
 Select a safe campsite – use the lake as a natural boundary between you and the fire.
 If camping in the burn - check trees as the roots maybe compromised posing a safety hazard.

For the most current sizes and fire locations please visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/forest-fires. Disclaimer - sizes associated with this map do not reflect current realtime situations.

Manitoba fire map - http://www.gov.mb.ca/sd/fire/Fire-Maps/ ... eview.html

Smoke Forecast
http://firesmoke.ca/forecasts/

Kent Fraser | Acting Park Superintendent Woodland Caribou Provincial Park
227 Howey Street, PO box 5003, Red Lake ON, P0V 2M0
P: 807-727-2835 C: 807-728-2965 W: OntarioParks.com
Kent.fraser@ontario.ca


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